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Director X Talks “HYFR” Video With VIBE Interview

VIBE caught up with Lil X, the director of Drake‘s new music video “HYFR“. Read the whole interview after the jump.

Let’s talk about the Drake video. How did you guys get connected?
Oh, you know, I’ve known Drake since the Toronto days. We’ve been talking about doing a video forever, but just couldn’t quite align with the right project. Which is kind of right right now, serendipity, because this is by far his most ambitious and interesting concept, you know. This isn’t just like, “Here’s a pretty video,” you know what I’m saying. This is like, “What?!” [Laughs]. Yeah, definitely the conversation goes to, “What?!”

Before the video dropped we saw pictures of Drake on set in a suit and at a temple, people had all types of thoughts about the theme. Tell us about the plot of the video and how you came up with it.
It’s Drake’s re-Bar Mitzvah. That’s why you see pictures of him floating around where he has like the yamaka and the prayer scarf. I saw something on the Net, “Drake makes religion cool.” No one quite understood what was going on. And then I saw a few other stories where other people figured it out, that it’s his re-Bar Mitzvah, but yeah, it’s Drake’s re-Bar Mitzvah. I’m looking at pictures right now of him standing in front of the synagogue performing.

What was the general feel on the set? Happy, crazy, serious, fun??
No, it was a lot of fun. You know, you’re doing a re-Bar Mitzvah, the guy’s in his what, mid-20s now? So you’re already entering knowing it’s a bit ridiculous. And it’s fun, especially the crowd of people that he moves with, you know what I’m saying? It’s all a little crazy, like having Birdman and DJ Khaled sitting beside an old Jewish lady, as they watch Drake read from the Torah [Laughs]. Listen to the sentence I just said: “Birdman was at a Bar Mitzvah.”

[Laughs] Yeah that’s a tongue twister right there. Is it more or less a satirical video or serious? We were very respectful of the religion and all that happens there. So everyone took care with thinking about what’s what, but at the same time, it’s Drake, he’s 24 having a re-Bar Mitzvah. So it does have a comedy element just by the scenario itself. You don’t need to do much for Lil’ Wayne as he hangs out after his party, you know what I’m saying? It’s built in for you. The ridiculousness is built in.

How many days did it take y’all to shoot the video?
We shot it in one long day.

One long day? Oh wow. How long was it, like 12 hours non-stop?
Hours, that’s a short day. Please [Laughs], that’s a cake walk. No, we went long, shot on film, we did it big, in the perspective of what doing it big is now-a-days.

That’s crazy. I’m thinking 12 hours is a pretty long day. You’re saying that’s a cake walk. I can just imagine some of the videos that you’ve been on.
Yeah, brother. In the old days we were straight breaking laws with the times that I’d have crew working on set. Like, actually illegal [Laughs]. So 12 hours, I’ve never shot for 12 hours. Commercial sometimes do that, commercials are a different deal, it’s much more corporate. But music videos, you gotta do 3 to 4 minutes.

We see there were some guests on set.
It was the usual suspects when it comes to a Young Money video. So Khaled’s there, Birdman’s in there, Mack Maine is in there, Wayne has a verse, Trey Songz showed up, so that’s the kind of thing going on.

What was some of the funny behind-the-scenes action?
Wayne teared/fucked his performance up! [Laughs] things get crazy. Things got crazy with Wayne. Things got crazy. The Bar Mitzvah kids got real excited, so it gets a little extreme. Yeah, it gets extreme [Laughs].

So was it a closed set? Were people able to watch?
Well it was kind of hard. We were in a synagogue, so we were already pretty removed from things. We were inside, it’s not like were out on the street for people to come run up and see what’s going on. So we were already in a different zone from everybody.

Any last words about the video?
No, it’s pretty simplistic, it’s a re-Bar Mitzvah. But it’s a lot of fun. Definitely very enjoyable fun time.

Source: VIBE

Drake Talks OVO Clothing Line and Getting Fit For Fans

You’ve probably seen some of this interview already, but this is an extended interview of the one we’ve already posted before. Max from Choice FM interviews Drake about his UK Tour, Sophie Grace & Rosie (girls that sang Nicki Minaj’s song), an OVO clothing line, and getting in shape for his fans.

I feel a duty to my fans to be in the best physical shape possible, to make the best music possible.” Check out the interview HERE and skip straight to 1:35 mark.

Drake: Dealing With Haters, Ditching VIBE, and Sippin’ Syrup

While Drake toured in UK, Drake sat down with the Guardian for an exclusive interview where he talked about being an “Icon”, recreational drug use, his critics and handling botched interviews. Check out the excerpts below.

Ditching the VIBE Interview

“I didn’t like the way I was treated,” he says. “They ran this story about how I’m the most bitter guy, and my life is in turmoil. And I’m, like, a very happy 25-year-old kid living an amazing life. They tried to put a damper on my character, I guess because I didn’t play according to their rules.”

About being rap Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley on the song “Lord Knows.”

“I didn’t really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant,” he corrects, smiling at the tenuous distinction. “Because I feel like that’s what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That’s the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years.”

The critics and the haters.

“I can’t lie to you, I read what they have to say and it’s … character-building.” He used to find it mortally wounding. “There have been times when a negative comment about me would be the be all and end all, and I’d wonder, Why do you hate me so much? Why would you tell me that you want to kill my mom or see me dead? “It’s scary for me to say this on record,” he says, “but artists are only human, and we seek validation like everyone else. You just have to come to the conclusion that it’s OK, there are going to be people who like you and people who don’t. Luckily there are millions of people who love me and a few who don’t.”

Puffing some mary-jane and sippin’ syrup

“Have I sipped codeine before?” he asks for me. “Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. But do I do it excessively? No. I’m not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation. I’m not into drugs.” He realizes what he has just said, and bursts out laughing, as do his crew. “I mean any outside the ones I just mentioned. Nah, that’s not me. I care too much about what I have. I’m not going to throw it away for that.”

Drake’s GQ Cover Story Interview 2012

We posted earlier Drake‘s GQ cover, but we have the exclusive interview story for you down below. Tell us what you think of Drake in a suit?

The backyard of Drake’s mansion is indistinguishable from the set of one of those late-night Lifetime soft-core romance flicks. Waterfalls gush all around, surging over enormous boulders. Bronze animals—lions, elephants, giraffes!—checker the lawn, glimmering in the last light of the San Fernando Valley sun. A giant fire, fit for a king from Middle-earth, burns in an outdoor fireplace, and a flat-screen TV plays Sixteen Candles.

In the foreground of this lady-fantasy tableau sits Drake, who has the six-one body of a well-built man but the dodgy eye contact of a teenager. (At first, anyway.) He awaits me on a couch with more chintz pillows than I can count, wearing baggy jeans and Jordans, his simple gray T-shirt accentuated by two long diamond-rope necklaces, lest I forget that he is 25 sittin’ on 25 mil. At the ready are a bottle of chilled white wine and a pitcher of ice, for tonight we shall drink wine spritzers, his favorite beverage and also mine.

“If you went down the waterslide,” he says, taking my hand, helping me over the stones that cross his blue lagoon, pointing to a chute running down a steep two-story cliff above the pool, which, by the way, is filled with statues of nude women, “how amazing would that be for your article?”

Dreams have come true for Drake, and tonight he looks to be in a sharing mood. He’s going to ignore my pen and my tape recorder and my list of questions and open up his soft, emotive heart as if we were on the most amazing first date ever.

Less than four years ago, he was just Aubrey Drake Graham, a high school dropout and former child actor writing rhymes in the basement of his mom’s house in Toronto, stopping only to trip out on text messages from girls or find out where that night’s party might be. Drake’s parents split up when he was 5, and he lived in a bifurcated world, between everyday life with his mom—affluent, white, and Jewish Canadian—and the special visits and occasional summers with his father, who’s black, from Memphis, and a bit of a ne’erdo-well. When I ask him about his dad, his voice tightens, and he looks away. “Me and my dad are friends. We’re cool. I’ll never be disappointed again, because I don’t expect ianything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that’s how we get along. We laugh. We have drinks together. But I spent too many nights looking by the window, seeing if the car was going to pull up. And the car never came.”

Still, he identifies with his father and his ability to hustle, to get what he wants while having a good time. “I’ve never been reckless—it’s always calculated,” Drake says. “I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.” So as a 15-year-old, with a successful acting career in motion, he quietly plotted his second act: hip-hop superstar. He borrowed money from his uncle and recorded Room for Improvement, his first mixtape, full of bass and braggadocio. And just like that, Lil Wayne was on the phone, calling to say he liked what he heard. Twelve number one singles, a few mixtapes, and a pair of studio albums later, it’s hard to listen to the radio and not hear Drake’s voice, telling you he’stoo strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence.

Staring into the fire, he tells me he’s part of a new generation of rappers, one that is less defined by aggression and street credibility. “Rap now is just being young and fly and having your shit together,” he says. “The mood of rap has changed.” So has the way you get huge as a rapper. Drake launched his career via a blog and Myspace; now he’s one of the biggest artists in the world. He’s keenly aware of the power—and the panoptic demands—of the social networks that made him. “Some of my favorite rappers, some of my heroes”—DJ Screw, Aaliyah—”there might be like 200 pictures of them because there was no Internet,” he says. “Whereas with us, it’s like every moment is documented.”

While he’s quick to say, “I’m actually really happy,” the fame dome has its challenges, and much of the music on his latest album,Take Care, reveals a conflicted soul. “I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough,” he says. “When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all fucked-up. I didn’t have anything else. And that made for some of the best music, I think, to date. Records where I felt small. That feeling is hard to capture when you’re sitting out here in a space like this.” He gestures to the pool, the tennis court, the volleyball court, the stables. “It’s really difficult for me to find something that makes me feel small.”

Spritzer in hand, he spreads himself out on the couch and acknowledges that, yes, he had a spell there when he was fucking tons of girls…but that just wasn’t right for him: “There’s just a time where it was like, just getting pussy. Where I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.’ And for me as a person, it just doesn’t work. I just need something else. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that’s like the realest moment of your life. If I don’t want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there’s something wrong.”

The fire starts to die out, Sixteen Candlescomes to an end, and I ask if I can see his closet—after all, he designed his own $5,000 arctic-fox-fur, gold-hardware bomber jacket. We wander into the house, a woody manor. Drake enters some numbers into a keypad on a bookshelf and—presto!— it swings open into his massive, paisley-swathed sleeping chamber, complete with a California king bed, for which he must purchase custom sheets.

When I ask about the strange square above the bed, he grabs a remote, and a projection system emerges from the ceiling. Neato, I say.

“Would I have you already?” he asks. “Are you sleeping with me?”

Time to go!

It’s a hypothetical question (I think), but Drake, being Drake, still wants an answer: “We had wine and dinner by the pool, I brought you inside, I brought the projector down; are you or are you not sleeping with me?”

via GQ

Interview With Rita Ora About New UK Single “R.I.P.” Written By Drake

Drake wrote a song a while back called “I’m Ready For You“, but the funny thing is, that song was written for another artist called Rita Ora. Well Rita Ora has made that song her new UK single and it’s titled “R.I.P.” and it features Tinie Tempah. Check out an interview Rita did and what she has to say about Drake and the song.

Drake Interviews At Sundance Film Festival 2012

MTV News and Bing Bar caught up with Drake before he took stage at the Sundance Film Festival 2012. Drake talks about his trip to Africa he took a month ago. Drake also catches up with Bing Bar and tells Bing about his journey to the Sundance Film Festival. Check out the video after the jump for the full scoop.

Video: Bing at Sundance 2012: Drake at the Bing Bar

Noah “40” Shebib Talks Drake & Rihanna’s Take Care Single

Noah “40” Shebib did an interview series with MTV and he discussed Drake‘s hit song featuring Rihanna “Take Care”. Check out the video below to see what he has to say, the track is suppose to officially hit radio stations January 17th, but Miami has been bumping that track for a while now already.